Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Alexander Mikroyannidis, Sylvana Kroop, Martin Wolpers
    Pages 1-16 Open Access
  3. Alexander Nussbaumer, Ingo Dahn, Sylvana Kroop, Alexander Mikroyannidis, Dietrich Albert
    Pages 17-48 Open Access
  4. Effie Lai-Chong Law, Fridolin Wild
    Pages 49-77 Open Access
  5. Helmut Vieritz, Carsten Ullrich, Erik Isaksson, Hans-Christian Schmitz, Bodo von der Heiden, Kerstin Borau et al.
    Pages 79-113 Open Access
  6. Denis Gillet, Na Li
    Pages 115-133 Open Access
  7. Alexander Mikroyannidis, Teresa Connolly
    Pages 135-158 Open Access
  8. Michael Werkle, Manuel Schmidt, Diana Dikke, Simon Schwantzer
    Pages 159-184 Open Access
  9. Sten Govaerts, Katrien Verbert, Evgeny Bogdanov, Erik Isaksson, Daniel Dahrendorf, Carsten Ullrich et al.
    Pages 185-217 Open Access
  10. Sylvana Kroop, Alexander Mikroyannidis, Martin Wolpers
    Pages 219-240 Open Access
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 241-252

About this book


This book presents the outcomes of four years of educational research in the EU-supported project called ROLE (Responsive Online Learning Environments). ROLE technology is centered around the concept of self-regulated learning that creates responsible learners, who are capable of critical thinking and able to plan their own learning processes.  ROLE allows learners to independently search for appropriate learning resources and then reflect on their own learning process and progress. To accomplish this, ROLE´s main objective is to support the development of open personal learning environments (PLE's). ROLE provides a framework consisting of “enabler spaces” on the one hand and tools, content, and services on the other. Utilizing this framework, learners are invited to create their own controlled and preferred learning environments to trigger and motivate self-regulated learning.

Authors of this book are researchers, developers and teachers who have worked in the ROLE project and belong to the ROLE partner consortium consisting of 16 internationally renowned research institutions, including those from 6 EU countries and China.  Chapters include numerous practical tutorials to guide the reader in creating innovative and useful learning widgets and present the best practices for the development of PLE's.


Controlled learning environment EU ROLE Project OER Open educational resources PLE Personal learning environments

Editors and affiliations

  • Sylvana Kroop
    • 1
  • Alexander Mikroyannidis
    • 2
  • Martin Wolpers
    • 3
  1. 1.ZSI Vienna Centre for Social InnovationViennaAustria
  2. 2.Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT)Sankt AugustinGermany

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